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Family Abuse and Violence

Family violence occurs when a family member is harmed by another family member. The abuser may cause harm by their actions or words.

Abuse can take many forms.

Physical abuse includes:

Physical abuse is a crime called assault.

Sexual abuse includes:

Sexual abuse is a crime called sexual assault.

Financial abuse includes:

 Financial abuse can be a crime called theft or fraud.

Psychological abuse includes:

Psychological abuse can be a crime called harassment, intimidation or threats.

Family Violence is not limited to lower-income families or to certain ethnic or cultural groups. People from all backgrounds are abused. Often they suffer alone for a long time, not wanting to admit they are being abused.

If you are being abused in your family you may feel alone. You may be afraid for yourself and your children. It can be hard to talk to someone about abuse in the family but help is available. You will not be deported just because you leave an abusive relationship. You should check with a lawyer as soon as possible about how leaving could affect your immigration status. For more information, see Abusive Relationships.

If you think the abuse might be a crime, or you are in danger, you can call the police. For more information about this, see Victims of Crime. In an emergency, call 911.

Published on October 21, 2016.

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